The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters favor temporarily barring entry to the United States of people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Forty-one percent (41%) are opposed.
Support for the ban is down slightly from the mid-50s in late January.
Critics of the travel ban say it is aimed at blocking Muslims from entering the United States, and 39% agree. Fifty-two percent (52%) say Trump’s order is aimed instead at keeping out terrorists. The seven Muslim-majority countries in question were identified by the Obama administration as terrorist havens.
Democrats are far more likely than Republicans and unaffiliated voters to view the temporary ban as anti-Muslim and to oppose it.
Fifty percent (50%) of all voters think the Supreme Court is likely to uphold the president’s temporary travel ban which has been stopped by lower courts, with 21% who say it’s Very Likely. Forty percent (40%) feel the high court is unlikely to uphold the ban, but that includes only 12% who say it is Not At All Likely to do so.